COVID-19 update 16 September 2020
A very short up date from me this week. I can however confirm with you that there are no positive cases of COVID-19 at MACS at this time.
Bookings for the visitor’s pod for the next 12 days are as follows:
Wednesday 16 September Borrela House
Thursday 17 September Mary Costa House
Friday 18 September Annie O’Malley House
Saturday 19 September Borrela House
Sunday 20 September Mary Costa House
Monday 21 September Annie O’Malley House
Tuesday 22 September Borrela House
Wednesday 23 September Mary Costa House
Thursday 24 September Annie O’Malley House
Friday 25 September Borrela House
Saturday 26 September Mary Costa House
Sunday 27 September Annie O’Malley House
Epidemiological data provided from the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) as of 15 September shows that there are 6 active cases in Greater Geelong of COVID-19, a decrease of 9 from last week’s communication. The 14 day rolling average for Regional Victoria stands at 3.6 today and was at 3.9 yesterday.
We are reviewing Step 3 Restrictions that The Premier has announced late this morning and will develop up over the next few days a visitation plan that recognises the ongoing concerns around COVID19 and Aged Care Facilities and the easing of gathering restrictions especially outdoors and let you know as soon as we have something finalised.
Alternative to visiting:
At MACS, we can use face-time or other technology to help you stay in touch with your loved one. This is a great way to connect and maintain relationships, so please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 622 788 to find out how.
Please take a moment to read this information.
WHAT ARE CORONAVIRUSES AND COVID-19?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause infection in people, including severe respiratory illness.
If infected with COVID-19 most people get a mild infection, others get a severe infection causing hospitalisation. Elderly people and people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions are more likely to develop a severe form of COVID-19.
PERSONAL HYGIENE IS THE KEY – We all know good hygiene is the best way to stay healthy. Here are some simple, but very important things you can do to reduce your risk of being infected:
• Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, DRY with paper or hand dryer
• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, if you don’t have a tissue cough and/or sneeze into your upper elbow
• Dispose of used tissues immediately to avoid leaving germs on your hands
• Clean hard surfaces in your kitchens and bathrooms regularly.
• Hand sanitiser should be used when out in community spaces.
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398 open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Please keep triple zero (000) for emergencies only.
A trusted source of information is the dedicated page set up by the Australian Government’s Department of Health.
The Department of Health and Human Services has established a hotline where any member of the public can call to seek information on COVID-19 on 1800 675 398.
The DHHS website is: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
For further health information the number for Victoria’s ‘Nurse on Call’ is 1300 60 60 24
Smartraveller is monitoring closely the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its implications for overseas travel. https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19
Take care everyone and please continue to wash those hands x 2, keep on social distancing and make sure you wear your mask!!
Chief Executive Officer
15 September 2020